Who took the first selfie?

All About History - - PHOTOGRAPHY - Lloyd Matthews

The first per­son known to have snapped a pic­ture of them­self was Robert Cor­nelius. An am­a­teur chemist from Philadel­phia, 30-year-old Cor­nelius tried his hand at pho­tog­ra­phy just months af­ter Louis Da­guerre an­nounced the in­ven­tion of his early cam­era, the da­guerreo­type. To make sure his cam­era was ex­posed to the most light, Cor­nelius set it up out­side the back of his fam­ily’s sil­ver-plat­ing store. He re­moved the lens cap, posed for a self-por­trait and wrote “The first light pic­ture ever taken, 1839” on the back of it.

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